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burgers peppers, onions
Grilled Burgers with Pepper and Onions

brown rice pilaf
Brown Rice Pilaf

Menu Plan for the week of June 14, 2013: Day 4 Recipes

Grilled Burgers with Pepper and Onions
Brown Rice Pilaf

Cooking time: 30 minutes for menu          Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

     Half of the Rice Pilaf will be used in a Salad for Day 5. Use the other half of the yellow pepper and the rest of either the red or green pepper for the Pilaf and the grilled peppers. 

Grilled Burgers with Onions and Peppers        Preparation and cooking time: 30 minutes
    A bit of finely chopped pepper and onion adds depth of flavor to these burgers.  Serve them smothered with more peppers and onions and some sharp, pungent mustard... With or without a bun!

For Burgers:
12oz (360gr) ground beef
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp olive oil
1/8 yellow bell pepper,  about 1/4 cup
1/8 onion, about 1/4 cup
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp ketchup

Finely chop onion and pepper.  Heat oil in a small skillet over medium heat.  Add paprika and garlic powder and sauté 1 minute stirring constantly.  Add pepper, onion and sauté until onion is transparent.  Put peppers and onions in a large bowl.  Add Worcestershire sauce, ketchup and beef to peppers/onions.  Mix well and shape into 4 patties.   Cook in an oiled grill basket or mat on the barbecue grill for 4 - 6 minutes per side, depending on how you like them done.  OR sauté in skillet for the same amount of time, until done to your liking.  Serve on buns if you like, we eat them without, with the Peppers and Onions.

Peppers and Onions:
1/2 red bell pepper  
1/2 yellow bell pepper      less the 1/4 cup for the burger
1 large or 2 small onions  less the 1/4 cup for the burger
1 tbs oil
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp paprika

Slice peppers (cut in half from bottom toward stem, discard seed and core) into large slices - 1/2 inch wide (1.25cm).  Slice onion into 1/2" (1.25 cm) thick slices.  Put olive oil, paprika and Worcestershire in large bowl, add vegetables and toss well to coat.   Put on a mesh grill pan (the idea is not to have the stuff fall through the grate into the fire....) and cook on the barbecue grill.   OR  sauté in nonstick skillet until tender and starting to brown. Either way they will take 10 - 15 minutes.

Brown Rice Pilaf                                                  Preparation and cooking time:   30 minutes
      I use quick cooking brown rice.  If you can't find it and don't want to wait for the traditional to cook in 40 minutes (or so) you can substitute white Basmati which also cooks in about 15 minutes.  Look for the brown, though, better flavor and more nutrition.  This recipe plans on making the Brown Rice Pilaf Salad with the leftover rice pilaf.

3/4 cup quick-cooking brown rice
1 1/2 cups (12oz, 360ml) cups chicken stock
1/3 cup onion, finely chopped  about 1/2 onion
1/3 cup green bell pepper, finely chopped   about 1/3 pepper
1/3 cup carrot, finely chopped   about 1 medium
1 tbs fresh snipped chives     substitute 1 tbs dried
1 tbs fresh snipped oregano     substitute 1 tsp dried
1 1/2 tsp soy sauce

Put all ingredients, except fresh herbs, into a saucepan and cook - according to package directions for rice.   When done, fluff with a fork, add fresh herbs and serve.  

Note:  There should be about half leftover for Rice Pilaf Salad.   If you don't want the leftovers, reduce:

rice to 1/2 cup
chicken stock to 1 cup
all vegetables to scant 1/4 cup
soy sauce to 1 tsp

Cooking schedule: 30 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
small saucepan, medium bowl (used 2X), skillet,
barbecue grill and tools, grill pan or skillet
Finely chop onion, pepper for burger, pilaf
Chop carrot for pilaf
Start to cook pilaf
Sauté paprika, garlic for burgers
Add onion, pepper, sauté
Slice onion, pepper for veg
Mix oil, Worcestershire

Add sliced onion, peppers, toss to coat
Start to cook onion, peppers for veg
Put sautéed chopped peppers, onion in bowl
Add remaining ingredients for burgers, mix
Make patties, start to cook
Mind the rice
Snip herbs
Turn burgers
Stir peppers, onions
Remove burgers, peppers and onions
Stir herbs into rice

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